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Becoming Dickens : the invention of a novelist / Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 0674050037 (alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780674050037 (alk. paper)
  • Description: 389 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Available copies

  • 11 of 11 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).

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0 current holds with 11 total copies.

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Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction PR 4582 .D68 2011 (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Adult Biography B/D548d (Text to Phone) Available -
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 920/DICKENS (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction PR 4582 .D68 2011 (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Biographies (Main Floor) Biography 823 Dickens Douglas-Fairhurst (Text to Phone) Available -
Merrimack College Stacks (3rd) PR4582 .D68 2011 (Text to Phone) Available -
Northern Essex - Haverhill Campus Stacks PR4582 .D68 2011 (Text to Phone) Available -
Reading Adult Nonfiction B DICKENS DOU (Text to Phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 823/DICKENS/D (Text to Phone) Available -
Stoneham Adult Biography Lower Level B Dickens (Text to Phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-370) and index.
Contents Note: Prologue : Somebody and nobody -- Lost and found -- The clerk's tale -- Up in the gallery -- Mr. Dickin -- "Here we are!" -- Becoming Boz -- The moving age -- "Pickwick, triumphant" -- [Novelist] Writer -- Dickens at home -- Is she his wife? -- Being Dickens -- Postscript : Signing off.
Summary: Becoming Dickens tells the story of how an ambitious young Londoner became England's greatest novelist. In following the twists and turns of Charles Dickens's early career, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst examines a remarkable double transformation: in reinventing himself Dickens reinvented the form of the novel. It was a high-stakes gamble, and Dickens never forgot how differently things could have turned out. From his traumatized childhood to the suicide of his first collaborator and the sudden death of the woman who had a good claim to being the love of his life, Dickens faced powerful obstacles. Douglas-Fairhurst's provocative new biography, focused on the 1830s, portrays a restless and uncertain Dickens who could not decide on the career path he should take and would never feel secure in his considerable achievements. -- from Publisher Description.
Subject: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Novelists, English > 19th century > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
Biography.

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